Since realizing that Harris may not be able to accompany me on this trip and asking my mother to consider going, she has REALLY expanded her mind on the topic. It went from "zero desire" to "How many shots do I need?" to "Can I borrow your copy of the visa application because I'm confused." If you knew my mother, you'd be astonished, trust me. So, it was at dinner that I realized that she has also developed a condition I have been calling Stress-Induced-Tourette's Syndrome or (S.I.T.'s).
We both laughed so hard that we cried (also a genetic trait, I'm sure) because every few minutes my mom would randomly shake her head and go "mmmff" and it cracked me up because I totally understood why. Those were the times that she was imagining flying to India, being in India, and getting back from India. She confessed that she will be walking down the aisle in the grocery store and a random word would fly out of her mouth as a response to a conversation she was having in her head (with herself) about India. Symptoms of S.I.T.'s are varied. There are random head shakes, nervous laughter at odd times, and (possibly most telling) the comments that fit with your mental conversation but make others nervous. For example, at a recent yard sale I randomly blurted out, "Well, I don't really care about that - so screw it." As you can imagine, that garnered some stares from those walking by and *NOT* talking to me.
So, at dinner with my mom, it was quite comforting to know that this is not some unique condition that I've developed in isolation. Apparently, at least in our gene pool, this is something that happens when one plans for the surrogacy experience and all that it entails.
Anyone else coping with S.I.T.'s???